Versatility is a keyword that is more important than ever for our closets. As the boundaries between home and work life have blurred, so too have our outfits; today, we need hardworking garments that can be worn with smart silhouettes as well as with off-duty looks for long walks come the weekend.
When it comes to deciding what will instantly up your wardrobe game – and will go the distance to become a future investment purchase – a ‘shacket’ is a smart choice. This button-up shirt-style jacket is the ultimate in smart-casual wear, and looks just as chic when paired with low-key denim and sneakers as with tailored pants. It’s no surprise that the utilitarian ‘shacket’ has become a favorite of the street-style set: look to Tamu McPherson for inspiration, who styles hers with an ultra-feminine printed dress to seamlessly blend practicality with personality.
And while the shirt’s roots are in military-wear, this season’s styles are anything but uniform — buttery-leather versions from Gabriela Hearst are ideal shrugged on over a crisp white tee and off-duty jeans; or switch it up for after dark with a slinky slip dress and strappy sandals for a contemporary take on night-time polish. Valentino’s lacy version, meanwhile, will look elegant layered over a loosely buttoned white shirt, leather culottes and strappy heels for all manner of summer occasions.
For something a little softer, opt for textural linens and cottons that prove the perfect pairing for crisp white denims and are a cool alternative to a denim jacket – Loewe’s pastel-striped button-up with leather-patch detail is just the ticket. Best of all, this trans-seasonal style can be layered over turtlenecks and paired with tailoring in the fall — a worthy contender for the wardrobe-staple accolade if ever there were one.
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